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Domestic Air Travel Approaching Near Pre-Covid Levels As Festivities Push Demand


On Sunday, 3,27,923 passengers travelled on 2372 domestic flights, the highest since flights resumed on May 2020, according to data from Civil Aviation Ministry.

Airlines were allowed to operate at 100 per cent of their capacity due to increased demand in the festive season. Forward bookings for Diwali in the first week of November are 450 per cent higher than last year.

All efforts are being made to return to normalcy quickly, tweeted Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia.

On October 10, domestic traffic at 3.04 lakh crossed the 3 lakh per day mark for the first time since February 28 when 3.14 lakh domestic air traffic was clocked.

Delhi will reopen Terminal 1 from October 31, with Indigo and Spicejet. Mumbai preponed the reopening of Terminal 1 from October 13, instead of October 20 announced earlier.

In September, airlines in the domestic sector carried 70.66 lakh passengers, according to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Monday. The number has consistently increased over the months from May onwards.

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